Toucans and Flip-flops - Brazil Trip 2014

Toucans and Flip-flops - Brazil Trip 2014

This summer ten Moreton girls spent two weeks in Brazil travelling from North to South and seeing some incredible wildlife along the way. Accompanied by Tim Keeley, Abigail Plowden and Hannah Peel, the girls from Lower 6, Upper 5 and Lower 5 flew to San Paulo in July and then on to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon. Staying in a lodge deep in the Amazon we explored the river’s edge seeing sloths, capuchin monkeys, parrots, toucans, kingfishers and even the elusive pink river dolphins. As well as catching piranhas and caiman, the girls planted trees, visited the local primary school (where the school bus is a boat) and learned how to survive in the jungle. “The rainforest was AMAZING” said Tashy Rowland.

Leaving Manaus we flew down to the Mato Grosso to explore the Pantanal. Here we stayed in an eco-lodge with hyacinth macaws nesting close by and saw tapir and giant anteaters and even more toucans and caiman. The capybaras came up to the lodge in the evening and we rode horses across the wetlands. “The wildlife was just incredible” said Isabella James. "What I enjoyed most was travelling with my friends in such a fascinating country. I feel that my understanding of ecosystems and diversity has been really expanded by this trip and I am looking forward to studying Biology at A-level this year.” Leaving the Pantanal the group spent a night in Rio, visiting Copacabana beach and climbing up to Christ the Redeemer. The last few days were spent on Ilha Grande, a nature reserve island close to Rio where even the dogs seem chilled. This was a chance to relax and stock up on Havaiana flip-flops, apparently the must-have Brazilian accessory, before flying home. Look out for a full report on this trip by the girls in the next issue of The Moreton Update.

- Hannah Peel